Pacific Crest Equine has developed a reputation as a premier center for lameness evaluations. We are extremely thorough in our examinations and diagnostic workups to ensure that every equine athlete receives the proper diagnosis and treatment. With injured performance horses it is critical to accurately diagnose the injury, however difficult. We perform flexion tests and diagnostic nerve blocks (regional anesthesia) and/or joint blocks (intraarticular anesthesia) to localize the lameness, then use the appropriate imaging, such as radiography, ultrasonography, or thermography to reach a diagnosis. Our treatment plans may include joint injections, shockwave therapy, oral medication, rest, surgery or a combination of the above.
We also perform a large number of pre-purchase examinations every year. Our purchase examinations start with a thorough physical, lameness and neurologic exam. We can also do an evaluation under saddle if the buyer would like. After the initial exam is complete, we can pursue further with other diagnostics such as; radiographic evaluation, video endoscopy, drug screen, bloodwork and/or an EKG.